27-Aug-2005 -- This one is not for the faint-hearted and I can see now why no-one has visited it since Gordon's initial visit - I almost gave up on several occasions.
Now I'm not in the habit of drive 670 miles in a day to visit a confluence, but yet again a rowing meeting - this time in Glasgow- provided the excuse. The meeting concerned the World Masters Championships which happen in Glasgow next month (http://www.fwmr2005.com), and when I go up for the Championships proper I hope to complete a lot more Scottish confluences.
I parked by the sea in the car park with the view that this would be a gentle stroll. Over three hours later I had an entirely different view. This was a 7km slog with at least 3km tramped through often chest high grass, ferns and heather.
Pic 1 shows the actual view
at the confluence or as near as I could ascertain with the very uncertain accuracy because of the almost complete tree cover, and also because I was scratched enough from the pine needles. The hole I crawled through to get to this point is in the distance about 30m away. Pic 2 is the GPS
at this point. Pics (3-6) are taken from where I crawled in and show the views to the North
. It is very fortuitous for this confluence that the tree cover is not complete and there are wide alleys through them as shown in the last 4 pictures which I presume to the be fire breaks. Also there are even narrower alleys through the cover which is what I crawled along to get to the actual confluence. Amazingly these seem to be designed to lead you to the confluence.
Before all this I first searched out Gordon's previously noted lifeguard's chair. It's still there and a bit more worse for wear. However, after I had noticed other ladder-like strucures in the forest, and areas where obviously a large group had previously trampled down the grass I believe that I have a solution to the mystery and it involves these. I think that the seemingly out-of-place chair has something to do with shooting.